European floods kill 10, inundate Prague

AFP-JIJI

Thousands were forced from their homes and at least 10 people were killed as floodwaters deluged swaths of Europe on Monday, including the historic center of the Czech capital, Prague.

Shops and schools were shut and road and rail transport were disrupted across the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany following torrential rains.

The flooding caused chaos at Prague Zoo, where around 1,000 animals were moved to higher ground after the Vltava River burst its banks late Sunday.

Zookeepers had to tranquilize tigers and other large animals in a dramatic overnight operation.

Czech rescue crews were searching for four more people believed to have died in floodwaters that cut power to tens of thousands of households.